...After Gay Son’s Suicide, Mother Finds Blame in Herself and in Her Church
I have followed this case, and have discussed it at length with Frank. This is a new development. Tyler's mother had trouble initially with his gayness. The church is against homosexuality and she as a worshipper faced trouble accepting her son's gayness. That Tyler died is tragic, and we will never know the reasons for his suicide. But the larger point about the church, and about religion in general, is that it brings succour to millions. Religion, as is commonly bandied about, is not about blind acceptance but an active dissension and considered acceptance. Even on typically conservative matters, the church is moving forward. I can see how such a story can become the perfect pivot for church-bashing but in my view, religious sentiment is more nuanced than that. Even here, it is brought out in Tyler's mother's acceptance.